Staff facing axe as council starts latest re-shuffle
JOBS will go as part of a major council reorganisation to become more self-sufficient.
Cheshire East Council has announced an overhaul of all its services – which will include job losses, although bosses will not confirm yet how many.
Services will fall into three areas – people, places and corporate services – and is hoped it will leave the council less reliant on government grants and make things simpler for residents.
But Labour councillors have criticised the need for a further reorganisation – the third since the council formed in 2009.
This is a further reduction in workforce at the council which has fallen from 3,880 in 2012/13 to 2,770 in the current financial year – a reduction of 27.7 per cent.
Chief executive Mike Suarez said: “The public will not see a change in service delivery.
“The changes will just mean that it will be clearer who is accountable and functions will be better integrated so that further savings can be achieved.”
The ‘people’ directorate will include children and families, adult social care, communities and public health headed by the deputy chief executive.
‘Places’ planning, will include regeneration, highways, strategic transport and countryside headed up by the executive director and ‘corporate services’ will include IT, customer services, libraries and legal headed by the chief operating officer.
Cheshire East carried out a major review of its management structure in 2013 after it was revealed £1m of taxpayers’ money was wasted on a transfer station at Lyme Green without planning permission. There was a further review of the management structure last summer.
Coun Laura Jeuda, Cheshire East councillor for Macclesfield South, said: “This is just the latest reorganisation, with the restructure after Lyme Green and only months since the execu- tive director for strategic commissioning left.
“The senior staff turnover is incredibly high. All this costs money. People will go with big pay-offs and others brought in.
“The Conservatives need to stop wasting tax payers’ money on reorganisations.”
A council spokesman said a consultation will start with affected staff later this month.
He added: “There is no figure on job losses to share at this stage.
“The consultation is due to start on June 8 and then implementation follows on after the consultation is completed.
“All staff are being encouraged to comment on the realignment – as it affects the whole council.”